Week 13: Browns at Tennessee Titans
There was nothing more shocking for the Cleveland Browns in 2019 than how poorly they played in Week 1. After a ton of hype, they hosted the Tennessee Titans and were thoroughly embarrassed in a 43-13 route. Clearly, they had drunk their own Kool-Aid, and the Titans were happy to knock them down a peg
This time though, though, the Browns won’t take Tennessee lightly. Again, look for them to enact a measure of revenge as they take it to the Titans in a lopsided victory.
Score: Cleveland 31, Tennessee 15
Week 14: Baltimore Ravens at Browns (MNF)
The second primetime game for the Browns comes in Week 14 and it’s against the Ravens. It’s so tempting to pick the Browns but at this point, Baltimore is simply built to beat them. There aren’t enough run-stuffers on the Cleveland line which leads to a narrow loss.
Score: Baltimore 31, Cleveland 24
Week 15: Browns at New York Giants
The first of two games in New Jersey comes in Week 15 as Odell Beckham, Jr. will get a chance to go against his old team, the New York Giants. Cleveland will also have a coach they know well on the sidelines as Freddie Kitchens is a part of the Giants staff now.
There won’t be the animosity that they had toward Hue Jackson but the Browns players who were here in 2019 will want to prove to Kitchens that they weren’t the problem. That leads to another easy win.
Score: Cleveland 33, New York 20
Week 16: Browns at New York Jets
A city so nice, they win in it twice. Okay, so they won’t be in New York City but the Browns still head to MetLife and win in back-to-back weeks. And both wins are by more than one score as they head into the final week with a 9-6 mark, looking to secure a playoff berth.
Score: Cleveland 27, New York 13
Week 17: Pittsburgh Steelers at Browns
The earlier loss to Pittsburgh was frustrating but the Browns get a shot at revenge here, and they take advantage. Pittsburgh will be better this season with Ben Roethlisberger back but the Browns are also an improved club. And they prove that with this narrow win, which is capped off with Myles Garrett sacking Big Ben a couple of times while the Steelers try and mount a last-second comeback.
Score: Cleveland 21, Pittsburgh 20
December/January Record: 4-1
Overall Record: 10-6
The Browns not only score a winning record but they finally end the longest playoff drought in the NFL.